Kids Feet First at Seattle Center for Children's Foot Health

three siblings hugging each otherWe opened the Seattle Center for Children's Foot Health in 2016 to kids and their families get on top of their kids foot problems early. Our office can determine if your children's feet are developing normally or if there are potential risks due to inherited foot types or possible injury from play or sports. Our motto is "Kids Feet First".

Foot Problems Are Inherited
Although it’s common to hear that kids grow out of foot problems, this isn’t always the case. Take a look at your own feet and physical problems. If you have flat feet, foot pain, bunions, back, knee, or hip pain it’s likely that your child will inherit your foot  and musculoskeletal issues.

But My Child Is So Young and Doesn't Have Any Foot Pain
Children do not need to have foot pain to have a foot problem. According to the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons your child could have a foot problem if you observe one of the following behaviors.

  • Your child cannot keep up with their peers

  • Your child withdraws from activities they usually enjoy

  • Your child does not want to show you their feet

  • Your child often trips and falls

  • Child complains of pain

Other Problems to Watch For

Ages 1-5

  • Flat feet

  • Toe-walking

  • In-Toeing/Out-Toeing

  • Lack of Coordination

  • Foot alignment

  • Balance

  • Fatigue

Ages Six and Older

  • Knee or shin pain

  • Poor posture or knocked knees

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Stress fractures

  • Ankle pain or ankle instability

Get Your Child Screened
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to development of foot and other musculoskeletal problems. Although your child may grow out of their flat feet or other physical problems such as tripping and falling, if you're concerned bring them into our office to be evaluated.

Treating Your Kids Feet
During the evaluation, we may find that your child has a condition called Developmental Flat Foot. Your child will not grow out of this condition and it needs to be treated to prevent the problems we’ve outlined in this brochure.

At your child’s second visit, we will measure their  feet and provide them with specially designed orthotics called Little Steps®. Little Steps® are an affordable option for treating kids with flat feet. 

Testimonials for Little Steps®

"Pretty much right after receiving and wearing his first pair--the pain (and complaining) stopped! The difference Little Steps® made for our son proved undeniable--we have learned better than to forget his Little Steps®."
--Robyn F

"I honestly can't tell you the difference it has made with her -- her teachers, our family all agree. She wants to wear her sneakers every day and tells me they help her run super-fast! --she was running around like crazy and I have never seen her do that berore her magical inserts. Thank you!" - Shannon M

Some of the most common foot conditions seen in Children and Teens.

Other Conditions:

We needed to see Dr. Berg right away to address my five year old's ingrown toenail before our holiday travels. He and his staff were flexible for us and SO kind. Dr. Berg did everything he could to ensure the my child's comfort. My child said, "I LOVED that doctor!" - Jessica R, Seattle

If you suspect foot problems in your toddler, child, or teen, call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online. request an appointment for an evaluation with the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206-368-7000.  

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.